car bomb


Definition of car bomb

: an explosive device concealed in an automobile for use as a weapon of terrorism

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An investigative journalist killed in a car bomb in Malta last year had identified the Russian, Maria Efimova, as a source. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Extradition Cases Reflect Strains Within the EU," 8 Aug. 2018 The Indonesia Stock Exchange building was also struck in 2000 by two rogue army soldiers who planted a car bomb in the building’s basement, killing 15 people. Joe Cochrane, New York Times, "Indonesian Stock Exchange Balcony Collapses, Injuring Scores," 15 Jan. 2018 The 2010 Times Square car bomb designed to kill and injure dozens in the beating heart of Manhattan. Cyd Upson, Fox News, "Inside the FBI’s secret bomb lab: Unprecedented access to elite forensic team and the IEDs that shaped global security," 12 Sep. 2018 The second car bomb Sunday was detonated at a checkpoint after soldiers stopped a suspicious vehicle, said police Captain Mohamed Hussein. Hussein Mohamed,, "Militants linked to al Qaeda unleash deadly car bombings in Somalia," 26 Mar. 2018 Two soldiers and one civilian were killed on Friday in the car bomb attack on the G5 Sahel force command post in the central town of Sevare. Washington Post, "Car bomb kills 4 in Mali, 3rd extremist attack in 3 days," 1 July 2018 On that fateful day, Breivik first set off a car bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people and wounding dozens. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "’22 July’: a powerful dramatization on 2011 Norwegian massacre," 9 Oct. 2018 The group allegedly wanted to attack a large event and planned to detonate a car bomb at another location. Mike Corder, Fox News, "Dutch raids neutralized extremists' threat, authorities say," 28 Sep. 2018 But one man erupted as the judge read out the names of witnesses who accused him of joining IS, issuing religious rulings for the group and delivering a car bomb used in an attack. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of car bomb

1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of car bomb

: a bomb that is hidden inside or underneath a vehicle

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